DIY Antique Cutting Boards

Hello, Hello!!

I’m Cami from TIDBITS!

I am so thrilled to be here with you today, and honored to be able to share on Lucy’s beautiful blog, Craftberry Bush. Doesn’t she just knock your socks off?! I’ve adored her for a very long time and so grateful she would allow me to share with you today.

I’m pretty excited about the project tutorial I’ve prepared as I will be sharing how you can take a piece of old wood and create an antique cutting board that looks like it’s been loved for centuries.

How to make an "antique" cutting board. Carve unique shapes into old wood for a charming cutting board with a vintage look.

But before I do that, let me introduce myself – real quick.

I’m a sleep deprived mom of 4 little cuties. They are my greatest inspiration. Creating things and changing spaces are my addictions. My husband and I bought a 1990’s builder grade home and are slowly changing it to suit our style, which I like to define as a mix between a Farmhouse in France and a Cottage on the Coast. Here are some of the rooms we’ve finished so far, and I’d love to have you over to my blog see more.

Cami from TIDBITS

Master Bathroom || Master Bedroom || Kitchen || Girls Room

It usually happens that I have the vision and my husband has the ability ;) He is super handy and makes all of my dreams come true and I couldn’t do anything in our home without his help. In fact – he is here today to show us how to make an antique cutting board!

How to make an "antique" cutting board. Carve unique shapes into old wood for a charming cutting board with a vintage look.

He has collected quite a stash of old, weathered and aged wood and we thought it would be fun to turn a bunch of it into little cutting boards.

How to make an "antique" cutting board. Carve unique shapes into old wood for a charming cutting board with a vintage look.

You could of course use new wood if you prefer and stain it any way you like, but if you happen to have some old wood on hand, these can really give the appearance of century old cutting boards.

I’d like to show you the steps to making a cutting board as quick and as easy as it gets, and the tools that can help you do that. But I’m excited to also share that I’ve provided 10 printable patterns over at TIDBITS that will help you trace and cut a cutting board that you will love, with plenty of shapes to choose from.

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Once you’ve chosen your pattern and printed it out, follow these instructions for making your antique cutting board.

How to make an "antique" cutting board. Carve unique shapes into old wood for a charming cutting board with a vintage look.

First, choose a piece of wood.

Hard woods – such as maple, birch, oak, walnut, mahogany – are great for cutting boards. But you could use whatever you please if it is for decorative purposes only. If I plan to actually use a cutting board from old wood, I am sure to wash it thoroughly and seal with a food safe mineral oil. If it is decorative, you may want to consider leaving it in its raw and natural state.

How to make an "antique" cutting board. Carve unique shapes into old wood for a charming cutting board with a vintage look.

Trace your pattern onto the wood.

How to make an "antique" cutting board. Carve unique shapes into old wood for a charming cutting board with a vintage look.

A pencil will do just fine.

How to make an "antique" cutting board. Carve unique shapes into old wood for a charming cutting board with a vintage look.

Next, you will cut out the pattern. My husband’s power tool of choice is a scroll saw, but he says a jig saw will work as well.

How to make an "antique" cutting board. Carve unique shapes into old wood for a charming cutting board with a vintage look.

At this point, you’ll have a nice shape, but you’ll probably want to work on the edges.

How to make an "antique" cutting board. Carve unique shapes into old wood for a charming cutting board with a vintage look.

He used a router to get a nice rounded edge.

How to make an "antique" cutting board. Carve unique shapes into old wood for a charming cutting board with a vintage look.

Before he had a router, he always just used an orbital sander to round the edges a bit. How curved you want them depends entirely on you.

How to make an "antique" cutting board. Carve unique shapes into old wood for a charming cutting board with a vintage look.

Then you’ll want to sand the entire surface. This step really helps to clean up the old wood and refresh it a bit.

How to make an "antique" cutting board. Carve unique shapes into old wood for a charming cutting board with a vintage look.

Even after all of these steps, you’ll still have the lovely character only an old and worn piece of wood can bring.

How to make an "antique" cutting board. Carve unique shapes into old wood for a charming cutting board with a vintage look.

And there are so many decorative purposes for an old cutting board.

How to make an "antique" cutting board. Carve unique shapes into old wood for a charming cutting board with a vintage look.

I love to place them here and there against our white walls to bring in some added warmth and contrast.

How to make an "antique" cutting board. Carve unique shapes into old wood for a charming cutting board with a vintage look.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and I hope it has been helpful for you!

My husband shares other woodworking projects, like this entry table plan, but I really prefer to dabble with fabrics.

Here I’ve shared how to make a ruffle pillow sham.

Ruffle Pillow Sham tutorial. Grab some white cozy linen fabric and make the most dreamy decorative pillows for your bed.

And one of my favorites to date is this tassel throw blanket.

Tassel Throw Blanket DIY - Instructions for how to make your own tassels from yarn and how to sew them into fabric to make a one of a kind throw blanket.

Thanks for being here with me and we will see you soon!

Comments

  1. Cindy says

    I follow you on Instagram and was excited to check this out!! Gorgeous cutting boards!! Gotta love the hubbies who have the ability to help fulfill our dreams!:) I’m jumping over for the patterns now! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  2. says

    Cami, I’m definitely going to have to try to make these myself.

    I collect wood boards like this and I’m always on the lookout for great finds at flea markets, etc. I never thought to create my own.

    As always your tutorial and pictures are perfection.

    Happy week!

  3. says

    LOVE these. We gave it a go and love how they turned out. We will be making more of these. Thanks for the patterns!!
    Blessings~
    Sandi

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